I’m a Network Engineer for a mid-sized company that has been around since the 1970s. It’s one kick ass company, privately owned by the Son and Daughter of their founding Father. My current day to day is supporting the infrastructure, looking at new products and working on the next generation routing solutions. Sounds typical and boring eh? Far from it!
About the blog
Life is a huge bubble of the unknown – like connectivity on the other end of a network cable. We dive into the bubble with thoughts, ideas, curiosity or sometimes just dive in for nothing and we always come out with something – good or bad, we always get something out of it
My concept (digitally) translated – Life is much like ICMP. You send your PING (curiosity) packet, and you get a REPLY – The great thing is you always get a reply – regardless if its good or bad, there goes your 100% uptime! We take these reply packets and they become knowledge that we apply in a certain situation and in our every day lives. We are curious creatures – so with the amount of PINGs we make we generate a lot of reply (knowledge) packets! Take those packets (knowledge), put it all together and you can make it a 100% success rate! Good or bad – make the best of it and live life to the fullest! Now with the knowledge and experience (reply packets), I translate these packets of information into blog posts and give you my perspective and what I learned from it
I’m into anything that has to do with technology. This of course includes new gizmos, phones, trending technology and all the rest. I love bleeding edge stuff – running it in labs and seeing what it can do. I’m an iPhone addict / fanboi – yea whatever else they call us. Learning, teaching and knowledge sharing are among the most important things in life! Islands of knowledge that people like to create are for the guys with egos or fear — not me.
I’m a family guy – Wife, kids and happiness .. They are numero uno!
Yes! I’m the guy who started GNS3-Labs.. Great to see how many other sites are out there today – They blow mine away!
In March of 2011 I was removed from my role of a Systems Administrator and made a Network Engineer on the newly formed network services team. This team had no existed when I joined the company.
On October 4, 2010 I began a new job leaving my position as a Manager of IT to set off an shoot for my goal of becoming a fully converged Network Engineer! You can read more about my new job and the adaptation here
Since taking on the new job, it appears that I _may_ be shifting focus onto my CCIP. This takes on BGP, MPLS and QoS full speed! Right now this is just a thought, but with the demand and drive at work for this skillset being so desired and it’s still networking; I’ve decided to entertain the thought.
In 2007 I became a CCNA. Work, life and other challenges have kept me busy, but in July 2010 I completed the BSCI exam toward completing of my CCNP and re-certifying me as a CCNA. Currently I’m studying for the SWITCH exam and hope to take it sometime in September (very hopeful!).
Start of the blog
My name is Leonard Bernstein. I’m a Manager of IT & Network Engineering for a small start-up company in New York. I have over 10 years in the IT and Technology arena and have recently discovered my passion for networking. I’m a working manager who manages all aspects of networking for my company. This includes designs, optimization, implementation and deployment. Though not as often as I’d like, this little exposure gives me real-world education and experience and helps with studies toward reaching my final goal of CCIE-Security!